Minneapolis may test car-sharing program

Jan 28, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Business Journal

Southwest Journal reports that the city's Public Works Department is planning a pilot program for car-sharing services, letting residents rent a car for a few hours or days at a time.

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AntiMelting

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Wow, free food, free school, free phones, free healthcare, free public transit...and now free cars.

I wonder what it's like to be free?
Amused Slew

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The cars are RENTED, COULDN'T you read the link ??

Southwest Journal reports that the city's Public Works Department is planning a pilot program for car-sharing services, letting residents rent a car for a few hours or days at a time.

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AntiMelting wrote:
Wow, free food, free school, free phones, free healthcare, free public transit...and now free cars.
I wonder what it's like to be free?
Poor slewpid, claims I post through the night under other names but never can prove it.

Nothing is free. The cars will be rented at a rate that is well below market so as not to offend low income people. The poor/homeless/jobless will get vouchers or coupons so they don't feel bad.
There will be a need for maintenance staff to maintain the cars and detailing staff to clean them out after someone vomits in them or leaves them fill of trash, and a retrieval staff to round them up for repairs and cleainig. It will cost the city/county/state a small fortune to deal with the likely union contracts and pension agreements for the new army of employees for what is essentially an unnecessary program.
Amused Slew

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Sure, if you have no facts, make it up, cantgetitup...

Why not, it's not like you have honor, right ???

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cantmakeitup wrote:
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Poor slewpid, claims I post through the night under other names but never can prove it.
Nothing is free. The cars will be rented at a rate that is well below market so as not to offend low income people. The poor/homeless/jobless will get vouchers or coupons so they don't feel bad.
There will be a need for maintenance staff to maintain the cars and detailing staff to clean them out after someone vomits in them or leaves them fill of trash, and a retrieval staff to round them up for repairs and cleainig. It will cost the city/county/state a small fortune to deal with the likely union contracts and pension agreements for the new army of employees for what is essentially an unnecessary program.
AND it will compete directly with what private enterprise is doing currently.

Government should never be in business competing against the very citizens who pay for that government.
Amused Slew

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Jan 29, 2013
 
How is it competing, if it's a new program, like you said ?? WOW ! All over the map, huh ???
Amused Slew

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Here you go child, read your link..

Minneapolis has had success with its Nice Ride bike-sharing program. Will the idea work with four wheels, too?

Southwest Journal reports that the city's Public Works Department is planning a pilot program for car-sharing services, letting residents rent a car for a few hours or days at a time.

The idea is to reduce overall car ownership, especially by residents in particularly dense areas who may walk most places but still keep a car parked for those rare occasions when they need one.

The city plans to release a request for proposals in February to find an operator for the pilot program.

Minneapolis has run its bike-sharing program for three years; Nice Ride, which is one of the nation's largest bike-sharing efforts, marked its 500,000th trip in August and will expand this year into downtown St. Paul and Harriet Island.

One key difference between bikes and cars: there's already a car-sharing service up and running here: HourCar, run by St. Paul nonprofit Neighborhood Energy Connection. Southwest Minneapolis Patch profiled HourCar earlier this month (mostly in context of whether Zipcar, the for-profit car-sharing business recently bought by Avis Budget Group, might expand into Minnesota)
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Smart Liberal wrote:
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AND it will compete directly with what private enterprise is doing currently.
Government should never be in business competing against the very citizens who pay for that government.
BRILLIANT! Absolutely Brilliant. Well Said!

BUT -- If a government wishes to destroy free enterprise, this is exactly what they will do to accomplish that goal.
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#92
Jan 29, 2013
 
Reading the posts, I come up with two distinct thoughts; First this is not a forum for fighting and calling people names; and second you folks do not know much about the rental car industry.
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cantmakeitup wrote:
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Poor slewpid, claims I post through the night under other names but never can prove it.
Nothing is free. The cars will be rented at a rate that is well below market so as not to offend low income people. The poor/homeless/jobless will get vouchers or coupons so they don't feel bad.
There will be a need for maintenance staff to maintain the cars and detailing staff to clean them out after someone vomits in them or leaves them fill of trash, and a retrieval staff to round them up for repairs and cleainig. It will cost the city/county/state a small fortune to deal with the likely union contracts and pension agreements for the new army of employees for what is essentially an unnecessary program.
the sky is falling ,the sky is falling run for your life oh geeus oh geezus i mean oh Abraham the private sector is going broke it's Obama fault.
Amused Slew

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redeemer wrote:
<quoted text>the sky is falling ,the sky is falling run for your life oh geeus oh geezus i mean oh Abraham the private sector is going broke it's Obama fault.
I told you to stay away from my man. Gay Slewsie from Seattle is my husband, not yours. Don't cross me Red.

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redeemer wrote:
<quoted text>the sky is falling ,the sky is falling run for your life oh geeus oh geezus i mean oh Abraham the private sector is going broke it's Obama fault.
What are you talking about? I didn't mention the private sector in my last post.
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cantmakeitup wrote:
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What are you talking about? I didn't mention the private sector in my last post.
What does market mean?
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Amused Slew wrote:
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I told you to stay away from my man. Gay Slewsie from Seattle is my husband, not yours. Don't cross me Red.
Whats up with ya phony slew?did you get your french fries today?
or maybe you ate a bowl of wheaties instead? well even a bowl of wheaties won't make your sorry as a champion loser.

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redeemer wrote:
<quoted text>What does market mean?
It refers to what the going rate would be if these "rentals" really rented for what it will cost to purchase and maintain them. So I understand your confusion. I was not referring to hurting the business of others. I was referring to the fact that most if not all government subsidized programs are subsidized because the don't charge enough for their use. And they don't charge enough because it is politically incorrect to do so.
Amused Slew

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Of course, it's of money, you cantgetitup and need to WHINE ~! What else would satisfy your laziness and stupidity...
Amused Slew

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Of course, it's a waste of money, you cantgetitup and need to WHINE ~! What else would satisfy your laziness and stupidity...
Lawton

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cantmakeitup wrote:
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It refers to what the going rate would be if these "rentals" really rented for what it will cost to purchase and maintain them. So I understand your confusion. I was not referring to hurting the business of others. I was referring to the fact that most if not all government subsidized programs are subsidized because the don't charge enough for their use. And they don't charge enough because it is politically incorrect to do so.
I think Government programs are priced where the customers will use the program. The last thing Government wants is a program to fail and they have to lay off staff. In fact the DFL are commited to NEVER reduce headcounts NEVER!!

Look at the NorthStar, it has never made a profit and the latest trick is to reduce fares to try to get customers. And then they waste millions on fancy stations that sit empty.

Of course in Government there is no need to make a profit because they have so many slush funds to tap out. Notice Dayton is raising taxes by $3.7 BILLION.. Ya that will rejuvinate the slush fund a bunch.

Thank God for the DFL..
redeemer

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cantmakeitup wrote:
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It refers to what the going rate would be if these "rentals" really rented for what it will cost to purchase and maintain them. So I understand your confusion. I was not referring to hurting the business of others. I was referring to the fact that most if not all government subsidized programs are subsidized because the don't charge enough for their use. And they don't charge enough because it is politically incorrect to do so.
yeah,yeah I get it,what you really said was screw the poor! short and simple.
Amused Slew

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#103
Jan 29, 2013
 
I got as far as you "thinking" and quit...UNSUPPORTABLE PREMISE..

"Lawton"
darn u a good spelchcker
kep up da grat work
maby sumday a puter will do dat den ull ned 2 luk fer wrk
mean time kep up da gd wrk

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